Enjoy this wonderful lemon and vodka cocktail made with sour mix and lemon La Croix! This light cocktail is perfect for a summer BBQ!

Are you in search of a delicious lemon & vodka cocktail that is perfect for serving at your next summer BBQ!? This light and fresh cocktail will become one of your favorites with the smoky, caramelization from BBQ’ing the lemon slices. Plus, make your own homemade sweet & sour mix to make this cocktail a bit more fresh & healthy!

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Last week while I was in San Jose for the Petite Petal Co. workshop, I was able to visit our neighbor’s parent’s house for dinner. Our neighbors are originally from San Jose, and relocated to the ranch (they have a very similar story to us!). I loved having the opportunity to see visit his childhood home, and spend time with his mom and dad who are wonderful and full of life. His dad has a beautiful garden, and a deliciously full lime tree. Before I left to go back to my hotel, they sent me on my way with a giant paper bag full of limes, which are so juicy and big, they resemble lemons more than limes.

I was so excited to use them up, so I decided to make a sweet and sour mix with them! Sour mix is an easy recipe to make with lemons, limes, or even oranges! Combine fresh citrus with simple syrup for a great addition to any cocktail!

For this Lemon Sour recipe, you’ll slice up some lemons, sprinkle some sugar on em, and throw them on the BBQ. Then you wait patiently………… and five minutes later the sugar is no longer sugar, and the lemons are no longer lemons. You will have a beautifully caramelized ‘brûléed’ lemon slice that adds the perfect flavor into the Lemon Sour, thus turning it into a Brûléed Lemon Sour. Enjoy!

Brûléed Lemon Sour

Makes one cocktail, double as needed!

Turn the BBQ on, while it is heating up, slice your lemon into 1/8″ thick slices. Sprinkle both sides of each slice with sugar. Reduce BBQ heat, then place each slice directly onto the grill. Allow the lemon to caramelize & slightly char, then carefully flip to repeat on the other side. Remove the slices, and set aside.

Shake vodka and sweet & sour mix well over ice. Pour into a glass filled with ice, and top with lemon LaCroix. Garnish with BBQ’d lemon slices and rosemary.

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  1. That sounds so refreshing! I love the grilled lemon. We grill 12 months out of the year, so I can definitely get behind this idea! Gorgeous photos too!

    1. It’s so easy to do, especially if you’ve already got the grill out! I can’t wait for warm summer nights!

  2. This is absolutely stunning! I’m definitely pinning this – love a good La Croix based cocktail and the caramelized lemons look divine!

    1. Oh, thank you so much! LaCroix is the absolute best for cocktail making, you can add flavor without adding calories.

  3. Hey, I’m based in San Jose too! Transplanted from Southeast Asia slightly more than a year ago. Still discovering the city and its people. :-)

  4. OMG these look absolutely delicious! Love the idea of bruleeing the lemon – I’ve been wanting to try grilled lemons in my cocktails this summer!

  5. I need to try this out, this is definitely a special drink! And it looks so good as well. And the name sounds a little french, so, perfect ;)